According to Tech Crunch, Amazon is ordering 100,000 electric, emissions-free delivery vehicles from Rivian as part of its commitment to reduce its climate impact.
Rivian will start deploying the electric vehicles for Amazon in 2021. Amazon is hoping to have 10,000 and running by 2022, and 100,000 by 2030, according to Tech Crunch. “The fleet is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 4 million metric tons per year by 2030.”
Amazon’s purchase is also part of its carbon neutral plan, called “Climate Pledge;” the agreement, in unity with other tech companies, guarantees that it will measure and report greenhouse gas emissions regularly, “implement decarbonization strategies” on point with the Paris Agreement, and other initiatives. Amazon’s investment will also help the company meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, which is “10 years earlier than is outline by the United Nations Paris Agreement,” Tech Crunch says.
And That’s Not All
Aside from zero-emissions vehicles, Amazon is also committed to speeding up its adoption of renewable energy, “with the goal of converting 80 percent” of its energy to renewable energy by 2024, and 100 percent by 2030. Plus, Amazon has started 15 utility-scale renewable energy projects entailing wind and solar energy that is expected to generate 1.3 gigawatts of renewable capacity, and deliver 3.8 million megawatt hours of clean energy.
Finally, the tech giant said it would commit $100 million to reforestation projects through the Right Climate Fund in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The money will go towards protecting forests, wetlands, and peatlands that are currently used to remove millions of metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere.
“We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference,” Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said in a statement.